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Period. It's About Bloody Time

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At a time when women around the world are raising their voices in the fight for equality, there is still one taboo where there remains a deafening silence: periods. Period. is an agenda-setting manifesto to remove the stigma and myths continuing to surround the female body. Bold and unapologetic, Emma Barnett is on a crusade to ignite conversation among women--and men--everywhere ...more
Kindle Edition, 285 pages
Published September 5th 2019 by HQ
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Richard Howard
Oct 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2019
I shall start with an anecdote...
Once upon a time, when I was still teaching, I was overheard saying 'I am tired of coaching rugby.' My reward was to be put in charge of Netball (the implication being I was no longer 'a man'.) Thus I found myself with a squad of 40 teenage girls. Just before the second or so practice a girl approached me shyly and said 'I can't come to practice today, sir.' 'Why not Emma?' 'Er, I'm not feeling well.' 'Oh, I'm sorry to hear that. What's wrong?'
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Imi
Periods run deep, and they can be powerful signifiers of health, fertility and identity. But we have been so busy making sure no one talks about them at all, we have failed to see the other types of pain, beyond the physical, they can cause on a daily basis.
Chatty and informal, this book is all about starting a conversation, and ridding society of the shame and silence around something that should feel so mundane and normal. I really enjoyed Barnett's why of presenting the various stories and issues she b
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thewoollygeek (tea, cake, crochet & books)
I was looking forward t this book for so long and so happy when I was approved for an ARC, this book is everything I hoped it would be. Aiming to pull down the walls and break the taboo around periods, menstruation or whatever you want to call it we should be discussing this openly and without shame or fear. This is so interesting, educational, funny and should be mandatory reading in schools, available in libraries and I mean for all ages and genders. It’s about bloody time.

Thanks to netgalley
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Cora Tea Party Princess
Review to come.

I learnt something reading this, it was pretty interesting.
Katie Fellows
Jun 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A must read! Equally fascinating, amusing and horrifying at the same time!
Julie Morris
Sep 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have been waiting for this book to come out since I heard the editor, Charlotte Mursell of HQ Stories, raving about it back in March. Once I finally got hold of my copy, I was eager to start, and I raced through it. Odd, you might think, to be so keen to read a book about periods but, as the tag line says, this is the book we have all been waiting for and it’s about bloody time it was written.

Those of a squeamish disposition may want to look away from this post, because it is going
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Jenn
I really enjoyed this. It’s enormously readable, interesting and amusing, but very serious about its subject matter and passionate too. It’s filled with a righteous, vital anger - if reading the stories from around the world of women’s various period-related struggles doesn’t infuriate you, then I don’t want to know you.

A note - not a criticism - that this book is largely from the perspective of first-world heterosexual cis women, but there’s information from worldwide about other si
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Natalie
Oct 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Everyone should read this book, it is so important. It's so true that periods are stigmatized and considered gross by society and that's not ok. This book does a lot to dispel these myths. Emma Barnett comes at periods from all angles. This needs to be in every school library, or every library in general.
Ayami
Oct 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Fun. Illuminating. Necessary. An important read for women and men alike.
Jennifer Langlois
Sep 20, 2019 rated it it was ok
Having heard some amazing reviews of this book I was looking forward to something funny any informative. Well I'll accept that it was informative and I did learn some things. The style of writing grated with me though and I also found that the author tended to lay it on rather thick (why say it once if you can say it three times or more). As for the laughter the book promised, I felt like the author was trying rather too hard to be funny and as such wasn't really succeeding and that's before men ...more
Anna Louise
Sep 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2019
Review to come.
Sukanya Gogoi
Oct 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“It’s About Bloody Time. Period”
Publisher: @harpercollinsin
Author : @emmabarnett .
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I would like to thank Emma for creating this masterpiece, attempting to normalise something as normal and natural as Periods. Women are always expected to remain silent over this ‘scary’, ‘dirty’, ‘weird’ topic. The sanitary pads we wear asks us to do the same. ‘Whisper’ and act normal despite all we go through. .
Why is Period not seen as a natural female bodily function? Why are taboos as
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Alison
Nov 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Let's face it, it is about bloody time people started writing on the subject of periods so I have to commend Emma Barnett for putting it all out there. As something that affects a significant proportion of the population it's absolutely ridiculous that no one ever talks about it or if they do it's in whispers or on TV commercials with perfect women having the time of their life.

This book takes an in depth look at why periods are still considered to be something of a taboo and the imp
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Emma
Nov 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Periods. We all know what they are, some of us even have them. Yet there is a sense of shame about them. In ‘Period’, Emma Barnett aims to normalise this completely normal monthly occurrence and looks at why there is such a curtain of embarrassment over menstruation.

I found this book both fascinating and infuriating. Emma Barnett looks at some of the cultural myths and views on periods from around the world, and they are truly baffling. From the Chinese view that tampons are sexual objects to t
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Ellen G
Sep 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
ARC received from NetGalley in return for an honest review.

It's about bloody time.

Well I can start by saying that I enjoyed the liberal deployment of the word bloody (which was clearly used as much as humanly possible), and completely agree with the book's message - it is about time we talked about periods.

This book covered a variety of topics related to periods including religion, first periods, blood and sex, menopause, and a whole range besides. I was impressed by the bo/>It's
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Roberta Wright
Nov 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting book that talks about the way periods are thought of by men and women today. I enjoyed it, especially the way the author pointed out ways we need to rethink how we talk about and think about periods in our everyday lives. Food for thought as a teacher. The author speaks movingly about her struggles with endometriosis and infertility too.
There is some historical context, taking about how periods were dealt with before the advent of commercial products 100 years ago, and some glanc
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gettinglostinbooks
Nov 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
When I told my mum I’d bought a book about periods her reply was it’s a bit late 😂 , but I was intrigued by this book.

The books covers the authors own experience of periods as well as that of others, as well as the more taboo subjects ,sex on periods , religious beliefs surrounding periods and history of period protection(these were my favourite parts).There are things when you read it you will have done or thought your self , some embarrassing some funny and it’s only when you start
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Insert Name Here
Sep 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've noticed more books recently aimed at teens and adults, trying to demystify and degross the topic of periods. This is an excellent one. Chatty, funny and very very honest, it's a wonderful starting off point for conversations that are increasingly important for people to have.

The only thing I didn't like was the author's continual insistence that all women prefer tampons over pads. I know plenty who prefer pads. Maybe I was reading it wrong, but I saw it in several places and I f
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Paul Sparks
Sep 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I work in prehospital medicine and a I received a call to respond to an incident given as a 12 year old female bleeding with abdo pain, on arrival I was greeted by the distressed mother who informed me her daughter had been having abdominal pain and was now bleeding PV, without detailing the incident suffice to say the 12 year old had started menarche, I had to gently explain to her and her mother the situation, a lack of knowledge and poor education resulted in this call, everyone, female and m ...more
Jo Mare
Sep 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I had been thinking about periods as my teenager started hers recently. I looked around for comment or advice and found very little and it seemed not much had moved on since I started mine over 30 years ago. I found this stunningly ridiculous. Then I saw a review of this book in a newspaper and was excited that at least I wasn't the only feeling this topic needed discussion and the experience of women of child bearing age improved. My somewhat vague feelings are examined and discussed in detail ...more
Angela Booth
Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Bloody good! This book should be read by everyone - admittedly maybe parts aren’t so suitable for children but definitely men as well as women need to read this book and learn a few home truths. Even as a WMA (woman of menstruating age) I learnt a few things I wasn’t aware of (who knew when on the Pill you didn’t have to have that break & there’s no need to actually have that ‘period’?! I am raging I didn’t know this for all those years I was on it) and it’s all told in an easy to read and f ...more
m
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2019
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Cordula
Periods are having a bit of a moment and Emma Barnett's book joins other volumes on this topic and documentaries, such as Period. End of Sentence, which won this year's Oscar for best documentary short film. And it is, indeed, about time to end period shame to have open conversations about health, fertility, period poverty, and all the rest of it.

Barnett writes about periods with wit and humour. She is a relatable companion as she takes the reader on a journey from first to last peri
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Shauna Doherty
Oct 25, 2019 rated it it was ok
I hated this book the constant use of stupid puns and reoeatingbherself in more than one occasion I didnt like at all the two chapters I found most informative where the one about the woman born with no womb and the chapter about the trans man having periods I did learn some things but all in all not a good read
Niamh
Interesting, well researched and well put together, this book just seemed to be slightly lacking on occasion. To write about periods is quite a small subject for an entire book and it just seemed to be missing some wider cultural scope. A good read for anyone interested in the political nature of periods and how they're still seen as taboo by modern society.
Amanda Sayer
Oct 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-books-read
A really interesting read about periods. It is trying to break the massive taboo about menustration and periods. We should all be talking about it openly and without shame. This book is full of facts, some jaw dropping moments, funny moments and some very sad ones. I really enjoyed reading this.
Kay
Oct 11, 2019 rated it liked it
I enjoyed the first part of this book very informative and honest.
The second part of this book was a bit slow, she tries to make it more funny which just fails considering the book is about not making fun of periods!
Alex
Oct 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
An informative, humorous and compelling call-to-arms to normalise the word ‘period’ and every discussion associated with the bloody thing! I’m thinking of reviewing this in more detail on my blog, because it deserves it. Best non-fiction book I’ve read in a long time.
Library_geek
Oct 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Simply brilliant Let's break this taboo that is Period!
Lucia
Oct 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read and reviewed in exchange for a free copy from NetGalley. This book was excellent - funny, well-researched and engaging. Barnett explores a taboo topic with absolute openness.
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